Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Site, Contest

Who was John Gracsok, and how did he end up dead from a blow to the head? Was it as revenge? A family feud? Was he just clumsy?


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Kathleen Annaccarato 

murdered by hia son Andrew Ducok

October 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm
Dan LaFountain 

Andrew Dacok killed his son John for whistling

October 30, 2013 at 3:09 pm
Kathy Nippers 

John Gracsok (aka Ivan Dacok) was killed by his son Andrew Dacok. The father threw hot wax on his son, daughter in law, and an infant because Andrew would not stop whistling. Andrew beat him in the head with a log that was by the kitchen fire.

October 30, 2013 at 3:51 pm
Teri Knechtel 

His son, Andrew Dacok. Andrew and John’s wife stated it was self defense, but he may have been murdered in order to get the farm.

October 30, 2013 at 3:55 pm
Evone Parker 

Ivan Dacok was murdered by his son Andrew Dacok due to a quarel between the two about whistling in the room.

October 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm
Susan Davis 

John J. Grocsok (AKA Ivan Ducok) was murdered by his son Andrew Ducok. Andrew claimed self defense but the court found evidence that his motive may have been that he wanted the family property for himself. His mother Marie Ducok was also arrested in her husband’s death.

October 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm
Karen Sinkovich 

Entry area for making today’s challenge choice, was completely white/blank. I tried several times between abt 5 and 6:00pm. Could not find customer service email, so am posting here.
Using the choice list in the general information area, I picked a ‘button’. Then entered my name and email in the three line area. Sure hope this worked in submitting my entry. Otherwise would appreciate those that had trouble getting another chance to enter. Thank you.

October 30, 2013 at 4:40 pm
Charles Hansen 

Murdered by his son Andrew who used a log to bludgeon his father’s head.

October 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm